Vinod Shah (b. 1934)
Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, 1959-60
Vinod Shah was born in 1934 in Rajkot, Gujarat and graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the M S University, Baroda, with a Master’s degree in Painting. Soon after, he joined the same institution as a lecturer, eventually being appointed Head of the Department of Painting. Shah’s work is simple to look at, and has a lyrical, childlike appeal to it. Frequently working with watercolours on paper, Shah also includes elements of collage in his work. Both his figurative paintings as well as his landscapes have a mysterious sense of being incomplete, with pencil lines seen in between gaps of paint.
Shah has been exhibiting solo since 1960; some of his selected solo shows include ‘Inner Voice’ at Catharsis Art Gallery, Ahmedabad; and shows held at Articulate Gallery, Mumbai, Chigwell Harrow Art Centre, London, Edinburg University, University of Austin, and National Gallery, Singapore. Shah was honored with the ‘Veteran Artist Award’ from the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, and the ‘Gaurav Puraskar’ from the Lalit Kala Akademi, Gujarat. His work has been included in the Paris Biennale, the LSE Society Third World Art Exhibition, London, and the 6th Triennale, New Delhi. He stays and works at Vadodara.